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    New 'Far-Right' EU Parliament Group

    Le Pen launches new far-right European Parliament group

    French politician Marine Le Pen unveiled a new far-right group in the European Parliament on Thursday, uniting eurosceptics from across the continent who aim to devolve power from Brussels back to capitals.

    Calling itself the Identity and Democracy (ID) group, the new alliance brings together Le Pen's National Rally, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini's League party and Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD) plus nationalists from Austria, Finland and Denmark, among others.

    "We have changed the political chessboard of the European Union," Le Pen said of ID, which will hold 73 of 751 seats and is the fifth-largest grouping in the newly elected European Parliament, just behind the Greens.

    It replaces the Europe of Nations and Freedom group, which held 36 seats in the last EU legislature.

    While parties committed to strengthening the EU won two-thirds of seats in last month's Europe-wide election, nationalist leaders hailed their strong gains as a vindication.

    "We are still a minority but we are a larger minority than ever before," Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho told reporters in Brussels.

    The parties have bridged differences to unite around the broad goals of returning power to EU member states, curbing immigration and preventing the spread of Islam in Europe.

    Joerg Meuthen, co-leader of AfD, summed up the alliance's aims as: "No to more competencies to the EU, no to further harmonization, no to the undermining of the nation state."

    But different social and economic policies, including budgetary discipline, means they may struggle to put forward a coherent policy agenda.

    With Britain's Brexit Party and other eurosceptic parties scattered across different political groups in the EU assembly, ID will also lack enough seats to block or hold up legislation.

    Salvini's foreign affairs advisor Marco Zanni, whose League party is one of the three biggest in the Parliament, said they were courting other parties like Spain's Vox to join.

    Vox later said in a statement that it would instead join the mildly eurosceptic European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR).

    "The message to all of those parties who have a radically different view of Europe, if we can work together ... that would benefit all of us," Zanni said.


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    Hm, what became of the likewise "newly founded" group "Alliance of Peoples and Nations"?

    And what became of Hungary's parties? They did not want to join that Alliance, but they have been kicked out from the "conservative" bloc within the EU parliament. Are they going to join that new group? Mysterious silence from Hungary, as of late... I mean, from what Orban usually promotes, it shouldnt be a problem to join real nationalist, anti-EU groupings, instead of that "conservative" one where also Merkel's the-more-refugees-the-better-CDU is in... Cant make much sense of Hungary anymore. What happened?

    But well, at least Le Pen and Salvini keep ruffling the EU's feathers, hopefully they can gather more parties/power in the coming months, with Juncker stepping down, his replacement can only be worse!
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    I'm disappointed. The new group is too small. Hungary and Farage's Brexit party are missing. The Right is still divided, and that sucks a lot. Sure, it's a bit of improvement compared to the situation before the election, but still not powerful enough to change anything.
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    New National Populist EU Group ‘Identity and Democracy’ Takes Shape

    The new name for a formal national populist alliance in the European Parliament has been revealed. In an announcement made on social media, National Rally MEP Thierry Mariani declared, “Identity and Democracy (ID) will be the name of our group in the European Parliament for these five years.”

    The newly formed alliance – the successor of the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group which had 36 seats in the previous parliament – now comprises 73 members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

    The group draws from nine of the European Union’s 28 member countries, and includes Italy’s Lega, France’s National Rally, Alternative for Germany, Austria’s Freedom Party, the True Finns Party, the Czech Republic’s Freedom and Direct Democracy, the Danish People’s Party, Estonia’s Conservative People’s Party, and Belgium’s Flemish Interest.

    Although Identity and Democracy (ID) itself comprises 10 percent of MEPs in the new European Parliament, it’s actually part of a wider and more informal ‘sovereignist bloc of more-or-less 200’ MEPs who are populists, conservatives, and eurosceptics, according to France’s Marine Le Pen.

    Le Pen has noted that those 200 votes will be drawn from parties in other groups like Hungary’s Fidesz party, Spain’s right-wing populist Vox party, and Poland’s Law and Justice party who all maintain similar positions on mass migration.

    ID will be led by Marco Zanni, an MEP from Italy’s League party, and largest single party in the alliance with 28 lawmakers.

    As things currently stand, Nigel Farage and his Brexit Party have refrained from joining the group. Farage – who’s had difficulty finding allies – seems to be banking on the resurrection of another populist, eurosceptic group, the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), which would allow him to keep his coveted speaking position in EU parliamentary debates.

    During ID’s press launch on Thursday in Brussels, Marco Zanni, who met with Farage earlier in the month, mentioned that his group’s door would remain open to the Brexit party and other similar populist-nationalist, eurosceptic parties.

    In the same press launch, the co-leader of Alternative for Germany Jörg Meuthen stated that group’s goals were to stop globalists from inside the EU from seizing more power from member states, and to block what he described as “the undermining of the nation-state.”

    France’s Marine Le Pen, who was also one of the nine speakers at the group’s press launch, declared, “Things must change, because voters demand it… The time of hidden maneuvers behind the backs of the people is over.”
    https://voiceofeurope.com/2019/06/ne...y-takes-shape/

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